Fractious Murray outlasts Stepanek

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Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Master after defeating Radek Stepanek. Despite being far from his best, the Scot eventually prevailed 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Stepanek's serve and volley game is thoroughly unconventional in this era of baseline grinders and, for much of the first set, he drove Murray to distraction. The Czech was on fire, anticipating Murray's passing shots with supernatural precision.

Murray has been suffering from illness and, after one exchange was heard to say "I'm tired, I'm sick and I'm playing so bad". Whilst we can speculate on the tiredness and sickness, the bad play was evident in abundance. Routine ground-strokes were shanked, easy volleys missed and second serves thudded into the net.

The unforced errors piled up and by the end of the first set the count stood at 13.

Thankfully the Scot upped his level and ground out the win - but it wasn't pretty.

Next up is the winner of Cilic v Federer.
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An excellent win for Andy, clearly far from his best, against an opponent playing out of his skin.
Come On Champ.  yay
October 12, 2012, 11:40 AM
By blueberryhill

Don't forget to include those snippets you posted on the thread Whistle


Andy played a bad service game in the 1st set and paid the price. Radek, to be fair, didn't give him a look in and got the tactics spot on. Andy upped his game the 2nd, but Radek's serve began to drop with Andy taking advantage. The 3rd set had the good, the bad and the ugly.
October 12, 2012, 11:45 AM
By Bevc

Wasn't pretty, but our champ found a way to win.  goodjob
October 12, 2012, 11:52 AM
By scotnadian

All part of being an Andy fan. Very Happy

October 12, 2012, 11:54 AM
By Bevc

Just got home and found that Andy managed to win a difficult match despite being under the weather with cold/cough/throat. Given another day to get over it he will I'm sure fight to win Fed, and will I hope and pray he will prevail. Pleased to see Aileen is back, I've missed you.
October 12, 2012, 12:03 PM
By michelle

Playing with our minds again, typical Muzza Surprised
October 12, 2012, 01:10 PM
By ProdigyEng

Well done, Andy Murray. sometimes he plays most brilliantly when he is seriously under pressure. after the second set I really thought he had taken the decisive step. Never had I imagined such fierce opposition from Stepanek, always believed in him deteriorating at one point. But this is champion's style - to show true grit, and of course Stepanek made his mistakes to help it.
October 12, 2012, 01:45 PM
By counter_ puncher

Just got home and found that Andy managed to win a difficult match despite being under the weather with cold/cough/throat. Given another day to get over it he will I'm sure fight to win Fed, and will I hope and pray he will prevail. Pleased to see Aileen is back, I've missed you.
hug  I've missed you all on MW.  Just an unpleasant tummy bug.

Playing with our minds again, typical Muzza Surprised
I've just listened to Andy's post-match interview yesterday and he kept coughing a bit throughout like he had a sore throat.  Hope it's not going to be one of the nastier viruses that he's had in the past.  Still, he found a way to beat an on-form Stepanek, so ugly or not, he won.  The mark of a true champ!
October 12, 2012, 01:51 PM
By Aileen

It looks like Andy is going to be a slight favourite in the betting odds against Federer.
October 12, 2012, 02:14 PM
By laundry

Looks like it's gonna be Fed in semis i think if Andy feeling ok i pick him to win in three sets,but thats only if he's feeling 100%.
October 12, 2012, 02:29 PM
By caroline

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